Dad Attacked For Taking Daughter Into A Wal-Mart Men's Bathroom

Submitted by: kalron27 1 year ago in Lifestyle
chris-adams-walmart-bathroom

Is this the sort of fallout we can expect to see because of the current bathroom controversy popping up all over the States? This isn't a trans-related incident, but there is some paranoid runoff.

This Utah dad (Christopher Adams, pictured above) took the two kids (7-year-old Kyler and 5-year-old Emery, also in the photo) into a Wal-Mart restroom -- they both needed to use the facilities. The bathroom visit turned into a brawl when another Wal-Mart customer punched Adams in the face, allegedly over taking his 5-year-old daughter with him to the men's room.

From NBC News:

"This guy walks in and goes to the bathroom, the urinal, and then he just like turns to me and starts freaking out and dropping the f-bomb," Adams said. "And what he was freaking out about was that my daughter was in the men's bathroom."

Adams said the other man told him he thought Emery's presence in the restroom was inappropriate and started to shove him.

"When I turned back around, I got sucker punched," he said.

Adams said he was punched in the face and kicked in the knee multiple times before he was able to force his assailant out of the restroom.

I remember being taken into the woman's restroom with my Mom because it is the safest thing to do. If I had a daughter I would have done the same. To attack someone in front of their children is completely out of line. I don't know, maybe it was the guys hair cut to pushed him over the edge.

There are 27 comments:
Male 1,255
Nothing good ever happens in a Walmart...
0
Reply
Male 1,258
TWO girls in the mens room watching a guy take a leak? I would have punched this jerk dad out too! The 7 year old one is well old enough to go the ladies room by herself. The 5 year old one, RUSH her into a stall and close the door, and let her do her stuff, then rush her out of the mens room again. having them stand around gawking....is just creepy. The dad is a perv
0
Reply
Male 2,471
I think the 7 year old is a boy. Either way, I can understand not wanting to send them to the washroom alone. Committing assault was an over reaction.
0
Reply
Female 4,086
this whole bathroom controversy is getting completely out of hand. i was reading the other day that women who have short hair are now being accosted in public restrooms and accused of being male creepers. i discussed this with a girlfriend who sports short hair after a bout of illness. she said that the first person who says one thing to her is going to get a look at her chemo port and the rest of her scars.
0
Reply
Male 525
I see quite a few posts on taking your kids or being taken as a kid into the other restroom(haven't we all been there?). I was out about 2 months ago with my nieces. When the youngest had to go I ended up taking both into the mens room, but I took the time to check for occupancy first. It was empty, but if it wasn't I would have issued a warning before bringing them in. That way no surprises for the guys in the restroom or the girls.
0
Reply
Female 1,176
I take my boy into the ladies room with me, however if his dad is with us then he takes our son into the bathroom with him. Same goes with our little girl. If he is out in public with our two little ones without me then he takes our boy and girl into the men's room with him. They are far too young to go by themselves. My little boy is 3 and our little girl is 2. If we are out in public together then my husband will our boy to the men's and I will take our girl to the women's bathroom..When a kid has got to go they got to go, or else there will be a huge mess to clean up afterwards.
0
Reply
Male 700
I can see taking the little one in with him, but at 7 years old the is old enough the go by her self. But that is no reason to attack him.
0
Reply
Male 645
At 7? Maybe, but probably not. My daughter is 5 and I certainly would not send her into a public restroom by herself. Her cousin, a boy with a single Mom, is 7 and she does not send him in to public restrooms alone. You never know what kind of weirdos are hanging out in the Wal-Mart restroom. I'd hate to send my daughter in there and run across some druggie shooting up, which has happened to my wife before. I mean, let's get real, this is Wal-Mart we are talking about here.
0
Reply
Male 8,325
Wait, isn't Kyler a boy?
0
Reply
Male 645
and yeah, it was the 5-year old girl that was the problem, not the 7-year old boy. My daughter is also 5, 6 next month, and there is no way I would send her in to a public restroom by herself.
0
Reply
Male 8,325
Do you have a daughter? My daughter is 7. I don't let her go to public bathrooms by herself. Maybe I'm paranoid, maybe I've watched too much Law and Order SVU, but my kids don't leave my sight in public.
0
Reply
Male 645
I don't know about that particular Wal-Mart, but I know every Wal-Mart I have been in has a "Family Restroom" in the back near the layaway dept. If you have a young child of the opposite gender as yourself, this is the place to take your kids and where I take my daughter if we need to go to the restroom at Wal-Mart. However, that does not excuse the guy punching him in the face. That's a large over-reaction. However, when I have seen other parents taking their kids of opposite gender in to the "regular" restrooms I politely tell them there is a family bathroom in the back. The vast majority of the time, they are thankful for the information and did not even know it existed. Once I had a guy get mad at me and tell me to mind my own business, so I just walked away, I did not punch him in the face.
0
Reply
Male 552
I usually use those family restrooms with my kids, and now that they are old enough, I just wait outside the door for my daughter when she needs to go. Sometimes, though, there has been a literal shitstorm in those (they are also often used by special needs and if you have ever worked custodial, you know what this can entail) - in those times, I have taken my daughter into the mens room. If a child indicates they have to go, that usually means they have had to go for about half an hour and are only just now telling you because they are about to explode.
0
Reply
Male 645
Oh certainly. Sometimes it's a mess, sometimes it's occupied, one time it was even locked with no one in there. It's not 100%, but back by that restroom there is also another set of restrooms, which in my experience is used less often. I am not saying I have never taken my daughter into the men's restroom, I certainly have when needed. I do it all the time at restaurants too, not much choice sometimes.
0
Reply
Male 3,485
I exclusively use WalMart's backend restrooms because of the reason that they are rarely populated, and more often then not, clean.
0
Reply
Male 7,052
Ahh trans-panic is gripping our nation. Bathroom bills fixes for non existent problems.
0
Reply
Male 7,927
Correct, not a trans-related incident. Just a standard, everyday nut job. Of course, the way things go nowadays the assailant may have been afraid the prescience of a little girl in the men's room could have lead to him being charged for indecent exposure and eventually listed as a sex offender. (I didn't say it was a sane thought, but then it could be accurate because we no longer live in a sane world.)
0
Reply
Male 39
this makes the most sense
0
Reply
Male 3,528
The first time my mom dragged me into the ladies room I was like "no, no, no" but then when she tried to drag me out I threw an even worse fit.
0
Reply
Male 8,325
Look, I know everything is supposed to be politically correct, but at 47 you should not be going to the bathroom with your mom.
0
Reply
Male 20,305
@kalron27 -- I agree. This incident would've never happened if the trans-bathroom controversies weren't such a recent focal point. I remember my (at the time) single mom taking me into the women's restrooms when I was around 4 or 5 at places like Disneyland, malls, etc. She just said, keep your eyes on the ground, hold my hand, and follow me. It was just something that happened -- what was the alternative? Having me wait for her outside the bathroom, waiting to be kidnapped? And I won't even get into hitting a guy when his young kids are present -- outrageous.
0
Reply
Male 39
It's a bit of a leap to just automatically assume that the current transgender law brewhaha has anything to do with whether directly or in directly. The guy could just be a nutjob.
0
Reply
Male 20,305
@Kalron27: It might not have been 100% because of the haircut, but the haircut didn't help.
0
Reply
Male 20,305
Also, thanks for your copy -- I always appreciate real-life context with submissions -- always makes for a more meaningful read. Looks like we had similar moms and public bathroom stories. That's such a common occurrence -- I feel like everyone is cool with bringing it young kids into bathrooms, it's just a matter of child safety.
0
Reply
Male 2,265
@fancylad Thanks for the intro. The line "This isn’t a trans-related incident, but there is some paranoid runoff." is something I was trying to articulate but couldn't have said it better. Definitely a response to the controversy and as I have said before, this law is going to do more harm than good because before no one gave a poo. Now it's everyone business.
0
Reply
Male 3,474
actually the whole point of this trans-related bathroom thing is that its not everyones business. where you choose to go to the washroom shouldnt concern anyone other than yourself. the reason why the law is causing more harm than good is because the average person is a moron.
0
Reply
Male 2,265
@robthelurker I think you missed my point. I understand the purpose of the law, but since it has become a public spectacle, everyone is throwing their big opinions (assholes) into the mix, causing all the turmoil. I agree that this is happening because the average person IS a moron. Taking a using the bathroom is a human need, and since I can't piss/shit in public outside of a bathroom than it shouldn't matter what my gender is...poop is universal.
0
Reply